Sweaters for Spring

Every year when March rolls around I feel completely uninspired by my wardrobe choices. I’ve said it on here before and I’ll say it again: March and September are the hardest months to dress for, because while they seem like they should be spring and fall months (respectively), they really are winter and summer months. Which means that, at least here in the midwest, it’s simply not practical to wear spring clothing just yet, and instead the chilly (or even cold!) temperatures mean we have no choice but to carry on with the bundling up.

But bundling up doesn’t have to mean your outfit is as bleak and dreary as the weather. You can still add pops of spring color to your wardrobe without sacrificing warmth! I’ve found the easiest way to combat the March doldrums is to infuse my still warm-and-cozy outfits with bright or pastel colors. I do this by wearing sweaters, like I have been for the last few months, but choosing sweaters that have more color to them. Here are a few of my favorites for this year!

 

less than $15!
less than $13!

 

 

Why Your Skin Needs Vitamin C

In case you hadn’t noticed, skincare has become a very favorite topic of mine. In the past year and a half, I really started caring more about paying more attention to what I’m putting on my skin and why I’m putting it on my skin. In my teenage and college years I was so harsh on my skin – I rarely wore sunscreen, would cleanse my skin at least twice a day, and that was pretty much it. Was my skin oily? Was it dry? Was it breaking out? I thought cleansing it was the answer to all of these. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. Consequently, I am now trying to undo years of harsh treatment on my skin by caring for it with quality products (including sunscreen every day, no exceptions!) that are both safe and effective. Today I’m sharing about a favorite ingredient of mine: Vitamin C.

I think we all know that we should be drinking and/or eating some form of Vitamin C regularly (I love to putting orange juice in my morning smoothies!), but did you know that you should also be applying it to your facial skin? Like, every day? Yes, and here’s why: Vitamin C has brightening properties that can help to erase damage caused by the sun and by aging.

 

More specifically, here are its benefits:

 

  • Stimulates collagen production. And, in doing so, it helps to fill in fine lines and wrinkles (sounds good to me!).

 

  • Repairs sun or environmental damage. According to an article published by health.com, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce signs of aging by repairing the damage done by free radicals and the sun and can even help to protect against future damage (but be sure to use it with, and not in place of, sunscreen).

 

  • Reduces redness or dark spots. This is the area where daily Vitamin C application has most benefited me as I can personally testify that it and it alone has helped to lessen the appearance of dark spots on my face – see the photos below.

  • Hydrates your skin. The combination of oil vitamins delivers lasting moisture to your skin. Perfect for combating winter dryness!

 

I use this Vitamin C Brightening Facial Oil from Beautycounter, and I love it. Why? It has a nice, light citrus scent (that’s from actual orange peel oil, and not artificial fragrance), it goes on lightly and doesn’t leave my face feeling sticky afterwards (so I can still apply my moisturizer on top of it), it does hydrate my skin like oil should, and did I mention that it’s helped with my dark spots (clearly I’m very excited about this)?! The bottle says to use 4-6 drops daily, but I’ve found 3-4 at most are enough to cover my face. I’ve used this oil either every day or every other day (I don’t use it on the days I use this peel) for the past eight months, and it’s not empty yet. So it lasts awhile!

 

So, first, definitely make sure you’re regularly applying Vitamin C oil to your face! And second, make sure that the oil you do decide to use (or are already using) is safe (no harmful artificial fragrance, parabens, etc.) and effective (hydrating and anti-aging). Then you will be maximizing the benefits of this powerhouse vitamin!

Thoughts on Blogging

Hello and welcome to my post where I pick apart other bloggers because I’m a perfect blogger myself!

Kidding. I am a FAR from perfect blogger and I am not here today to nitpick at other bloggers and tell you why I’m better than they are. Because I’m not better than they are. What I actually want to do is to share a few things I’ve learned from being a blogger but mostly from being a blog reader – which, if you’re reading this, then you are one too!

I used to read blogs – style blogs, mostly – and just think that these fashion bloggers had it all. I didn’t know anything about how they made money – I thought they just did it for fun (and maybe happened to be married to someone rich). And I thought that they knew it all. I mean, if someone has thousands of followers, that must mean they know what they’re talking about. Right?

Well…. mostly. The thing is, we bloggers do not always know it all or even know what we’re talking about – but what we do know is that we have an audience who’s watching and will read whatever content we chug out. And today I’m speaking to you, the audience, and telling you to take the things you read and see on blogs with a grain of salt, because bloggers don’t know everything. Here are a few examples:

 

  1. Like it or not, most major blog content is sponsored.

Bloggers have to make money too, you know? If you’re following a blogger with tens of thousands of followers, then it’s very likely that the majority of her posts will be sponsored. This is because a) she has so many followers and therefore has tons of opportunities to works with brands and/or b) she has so many followers and therefore quit her full-time job to make blogging her new full-time job. Sponsored content does not mean that it’s a dishonest post or that you shouldn’t even bother to read it – what it does mean is that you should understand that the blogger’s “unbiased opinion” might actually be a teeny bit biased because of what she’s pocketing for writing this post. So keep that in mind, but also know that most bloggers only write sponsored posts for brands they actually wear and love. This is good news for us readers because it means that the majority of sponsored posts will still be genuine.

2. Style blogger does not necessarily equal stylish blogger

Ay yi yi. I really can’t believe I’m writing this. I mean, it’s great and all that anyone and everyone can become a style blogger if they want to, but that doesn’t mean anyone and everyone should become a style blogger. Style is essentially timeless elegance – but too many style bloggers take it to mean that style is whatever outfit combo they came up with and posted about that day. And if their Instagram outfit post gets tons and tons of likes? Well yay! Then they must be stylish.

 

Let me give you an example of a style blogger I follow. I’m not going to share her photo, just her caption from a date night look she posted about last week: “Took this little spaghetti dress for a spin and tossed on a sweater, leather jacket and sneaks to dress it down.” The “little spaghetti dress” to which she is referring is a gorgeous red lace fitted dress that hit her at mid-calf. And she piled a sweater and a leather jacket over it (didn’t mention a belt but there was a belt on there too), and paired it with vans. VANS. Yikes.

 

Do the style bloggers that you follow share lots of “new” and “exciting” outfit combos? Then they probably aren’t truly stylish, believe it or not.

3. Bloggers don’t always pick their topics well

Recently I read a post by a style blogger that I follow who also happens to be a mom and frequently blogs on the topic of motherhood. Her post was entitled “How to Get your Body Back Post-Baby.” Sounds good, so far, right? I went to read the post and at the very beginning she says this: “Okay, don’t hate me, but I didn’t gain that much weight with [child’s name]. Only 16 lbs, most of which was gone shortly after his birth. Maybe that makes me less qualified to write on this topic?” Um YES. It does. Then why write it?

 

Time and again I’ve seen bloggers write about topics that they really aren’t qualified to write about or that just aren’t relevant to their audience – I know I myself am guilty of this (like the time several years ago that I tried to lead a fitness challenge but it failed so miserably that I didn’t even finish it. Whoops). I hope your main takeaway from this aligns with my earlier point of bloggers not knowing everything – if a blogger you’re following posts about something outside of what they usually post about, or writes a post and admits that they probably shouldn’t be writing it – then don’t read it! There are lots of better things to read out there.

 

This might have all sounded a bit rambling, but I hope it was informative, at the very least! I love both reading and writing blogs, and I’ve found that being informed helps me to better enjoy both of those things.

Adorable Looks For Valentine’s Day

I love Valentine’s Day. And I always have, ever since I was a little girl and my mom would get me a little present – like a heart pillow or pink cake stand. It’s really not all that surprising, considering pink is my favorite color and Valentine’s Day is all about pink and red hearts (at least is it to me, anyways!). Okay, and the one you love. 😉 Last year I wrote a post sharing how my husband and I have spent each Valentine’s Day that we’ve been together, and three years ago I shared some fun Valentine’s Day details.

 

Today I just wanted to share a few adorable looks I found while online shopping – because I do love a good Valentine’s Day sweater. And by Valentine’s Day, I mean something pretty or pink that you can wear long after the day of love has passed. If you know me, you know I’m too practical to purchase something that can only be worn for a short window of time. All of these below can be worn well into March! (P.S. If my husband is reading this post, this is what I want for Valentine’s Day)

FOR REAL THO

 

 

No such thing as too many tutus.

 

Stripes and hearts? Yes please.

 

So easy to wear into summer

 

So cute and feminine.

 

Okay, so I like coats.

 

Lovely detailing. Definitely belongs in my cart 😉

 

Channel your inner Madeline.

 

Comfy cozy.

 

The hearts are subtle enough to wear long after February 14th.

 

Modern & romantic Little House on the Prairie